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Most school leaders in mastery-based learning systems had no specific roadmap for change, so anticipating the challenges inherent in transforming very entrenched and traditional school systems is nearly impossible. MTC has learned a great deal from mastery-based schools, and capturing the organic cadence and focus of these schools’ transformation processes for making the change to personalized, mastery-based learning is what we aim to provide for our member schools in the “Journey to Mastery Learning” framework. By combining practice with wisdom from change theory experts, our hope is that schools will use what we’ve provided in the context of their own unique school communities to advance the future they envision for all of their students.
The paper is intended to support your school’s work in implementing mastery learning, wherever your school finds itself on the journey. There are multiple on-ramps for beginning the work whether in the classroom, in a subject area, in a school, or across an entire district. We suggest that the journey could be used as a pre-assessment for your leadership team and a reference point along the way as teams begin the work and continue to develop their strategies. Framing conversations with families and the community about the trajectory and timeframe for change will also assist your external stakeholders in understanding the different elements of systemic change that need to take place for the shifts to become institutionalized.
Schools do not decide one day to use the Mastery Transcript. The decision to move in this direction requires strategic thinking and decision-making that supports the larger effort of changing the way students experience learning for life. The essential design elements for MBL threaded throughout the “Journey towards Mastery Learning” are critical to ensuring maximum success in the change effort. Each of these elements is worthy of consideration as schools continue on their individual paths to mastery learning and the Mastery Transcript.
Today, schools—and especially high schools—are asked to prepare all students for the dynamic and evolving worlds of college, career, and life. This will require nothing short of coordinated, transformational change. Download the “Journey towards Mastery Learning” paper now to learn more, and feel free to share it with your colleagues.
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